Kalindi Commerford joins Grace Stewart in senior Hockeyroos squad

Kalindi Commerford. Photo: Daniel Carson
Kalindi Commerford. Photo: Daniel Carson

HOCKEY Australia announced on Thursday that Ulladulla’s Kalindi Commerford and Jodie Kenny have been added to the 2018 national senior women’s squad.

Commerford and Kenny both participated in last week’s Test series against Spain in Perth and have been elevated from the national senior women’s squad – which already included Gerringong’s Grace Stewart.

Their additions round out the 27-player 2018 national senior women’s squad ahead of a huge year which includes the Commonwealth Games in April and World Cup in July-August.

Commerford, 23, is a midfielder/striker who plays for the ACT at the Australian Hockey League and originally played for Ulladulla Jets.

She re-located to Perth to chase a career with the Hockeyroos and was part of last year’s national women’s development squad.

Wamuran product Kenny, 30, returns to the Hockeyroos set-up having made 186 appearances and scored 100 goals, including the late equaliser in the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal match, before taking time away from the game after the 2016 Rio Olympics to start a family.

“Kalindi had solid performances against Spain,” Hockeyroos head coach Paul Gaudoin said.

“She has a real strength on the ball, a solid passing range in the midfield and very good fitness levels.

“Jodie was also solid in the Spain series.

“She displayed an understanding of what we’re doing and her experience was demonstrated in the matches.

“She also adds another dimension to our penalty corner options.

“It’s great now to have our 27-player squad formalised for 2018, before we move on to selection for the 18-player team for the Commonwealth Games.”

The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will take place from April 5-14. The Hockeyroos are pooled with New Zealand, Canada, Ghana and Scotland.

Hockeyroos squad: Jocelyn Bartram, Kristina Bates, Edwina Bone, Lily Brazel, Jane-Anne Claxton, Kalindi Commerford, Ashlea Fey, Madison Fitzpatrick, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Jordyn Holzberger, Emily Hurtz, Jodie Kenny, Stephanie Kershaw, Rachael Lynch, Karri McMahon, Georgina Morgan, Gabrielle Nance, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Madi Ratcliffe, Kathryn Slattery, Emily Smith, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor, Ashlee, Mariah Williams and Georgia Wilson.